Understanding Our Light

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Mahatma Gandhi

This morning I awoke to a very lovely message from a friend. It’s content reminded me of the importance of being open and loving to the people in our lives while we can. She very lovingly told me of the way I had influenced her life in the brief time we have known one another. Then, she proceeded to say this:

“Eulogies are for the living. If we love people, we shouldn’t wait until they are dead to express it. That is much of the cause of our deep grieving, I believe. It is always sad when someone leaves us, but if we know we expressed our love fully to them, the loss is not so wrenching.”

All of her thoughts this morning touched my heart, but this truly hit home.
And I thought: We are the light of the world. We are here to share that light.
How can we best do that? Perhaps the best way is by being the most genuine we can be, no matter what the circumstances. If we love someone, we should tell them. If our lives have been guided by someone, acknowledge their help on the journey. If we learned a lesson from someone, even a painful one, perhaps we should thank them.
And try to be kind to one another. We have no idea what someone else is going through.

Understanding our light can be as easy as remembering the quote by Ram Dass:

“We’re all just walking each other home.”